The Citori Over/Under Shotgun will function better and more reliably over a longer period of time if it is properly maintained and kept clean.
BEFORE PERFORMING ANY CLEANING PROCEDURES, ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN THERE ARE NO SHELLS IN THE CHAMBERS.
You should clean your Citori after every day of shooting, and more often if it becomes excessively dirt)'. A minimum cleaning includes wiping down the action and oiling key parts. Most regular maintenance will also include cleaning the barrels. If you encounter a function problem (tight action when closing, etc.) be sure to give your gun a thorough cleaning, to see if it solves the problem, before seeking the services of a Browning Recommended Sen-ice Center or the Browning Service Facility in Arnold, Missouri, or a competent gunsmith.
A light cleaning means oiling and wiping down. It can be accomplished with the barrels still attached. A full cleaning requires that you remove the barrels and forearm. To clean your firearm, follow the general outline below:
DO NOT POUR LARGE QUANTITIES OF OIL INTO THE ACTION.
A large excess of oil will run back into the wood of the stock and cause softening of the wood, with consequential loosening of the stock.
1 BE CERTAIN YOUR GUN'S CHAMBERS ARE UNLOADED. ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE SAFETY GLASSES DURING ALL ASSEMBLY, DISASSEMBLY AND CLEANING PROCEDURES. KEEP AMMUNITION AWAY FROM THE CLEANING AREA. DO NOT TEST THE FUNCTION OF YOUR FIREARM WITH LIVE AMMUNITION.
2 Remove the barrels and forearm from the receiver as explained previously.
3 Using a shotgun cleaning rod with a tip and patch large enough for a snug fit in the bores, insert the rod and lightly oil the patch in the breech end of the barrels and nin back and forth several times in each barrel.
4 Inspect the bores from both ends for leading and plastic residue. Plastic residue is often left in the bores from the shot cups in modem shotshells. Leading and plastic residue will appear as longitudinal streaks and arc usually more predominant near the muzzles and just forward of the chambers. A normal amount of either is common and is not serious.
5 If leading or plastic residue seems excessive you can remove it by brushing the bores with a brass brush. Soak the brush or spray the bore with a powder solvent first. Scrub until clean. To prevent bristles from breaking off, push the brush fully through each time before pulling it back through.
6 After all leading and residues have been removed run a clean dry patch through the bores. Follow this with a final lightly oiled patch.
7 Wipe all metal surfaces off the receiver, forearm and barrels with a clean rag. Then lightly oil your gun at the points described in step 2 under "Assembly" on page 6. Regular, light oiling is extremely important to the durability and reliable operation of your shotgun.
Remember, the broad, polished, finely fitted surfaces of the receiver and forearm mechanisms (the barrel lugs, the hinge pin and forearm bracket) must always have a thin film of oil. Use a quality oil like Browning Oil for this purpose.
8 Inspect the barrels and chambers TO BE CERTAIN NO PA TCHES HA VEINADVERTENTL Y BEEN LEFT IN THEM. Remove any that remain.
9 The wood surfaces can also be wiped with Browning Oil or thev can be polished with any quality furniture wax (but not both).
10 It is very important that the chambers of your shotgun be cleaned thoroughly and promptly after shooting plastic shotshells. DO NOT LEAVE DISCHARGED (EMPTY) SHELLS IN THE CHAMBERS FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. Hie chemical composition of many plastic shells contains moisture which can "sweat" out of the shell and onto the chamber surface, and possibly cause corrosion and nist.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR CITORI APART FURTHER THAN EXPLAINED IN THIS MANUAL.
This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism. You may permanently mar it by attempting to disassemble the inner mechanism assemblies. If further disassem
bly for service or cleaning is required, take your gun to a Browning recommended Service Center or a competent gunsmith, or send it to our Arnold, Missouri Service Facility as explained under "Service or Repair".
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